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gamble. and we asked anna werner to look into that. >> reporter: florida sold 20,000 powerball tickets a minute today. >> i'm going to pay for hers, but lisa metzler didn't buy one. it's been a tough road for you, hasn't it? >> oh, yeah. >> reporter: the letter carrier is fighting an addiction to gambling that cost her $70,000, as much as $10,000 on scratch- off lottery tickets. what did gambling do to your life? >> gambling flipped my life upside down. i shut out my family. i shut out my friends. it was all i wanted to do. >> reporter: you were hooked. >> i was hooked from day one. >> and they meet wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. >> reporter: metzler got help after she called this hot line run by the florida council of compulsive gambling, but last year, florida cut its budget by $1.5 million while spending $30 tellion on lottery advertising. pat fowler heads the council. >> a lot of the funding that our organization received was utilized for marketing and outreach because we know that's how we get help to the people who need it. >> reporter: six states have cut help for compulsive gamblers a
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